Ian Brand is a thoughtful and eclectic person. He also happens to be a highly in demand winemaker determined to extract the authenticity and genuine character of a varietal and the grapes that compose the characteristic personality of a label. Whether he is making the wines for his own labels or for someone else, the same sensitivity and passion goes into each project, synthesizing the various tributaries into the main river of the collaboration of earth and man, culminating in great wines. I had the pleasure, albeit short, of spending about 40 minutes with Ian, before he raced off to another appointment. Here is what he shared.
His wines are superb. Please check out his P’Tit Paysan and La Marea. The wines are truly delicious and individual, embodying a true understanding of terrior, sense of place and the marriage of man, earth and wine culture.